Sunday, August 2, 2015


Eleven inch coffee pot

The cow pattern on a rather battered coffee pot seemed familiar.  Once the pattern was imprinted on my brain,  I saw it everywhere!  Well, not exactly everywhere, but I did find the three cows (sometimes two cows) on four other pieces; a child's plate, a platter, a creamer, and a cup plate. 

Close-up of the three cows.  Is the standing cow facing the right actually a bull?

Child's plate printed with three cows, ca. 1830.  The dark blue cow/bull is hard to see.

Davenport (1794-1887) Wiseton Hall 10.5 inch platter, ca. 1825. 

There are only two cows on this 1820s creamer (facing in the opposite direction from the cows above).

The creamer is the same on the other side.

Four inch cup Plate with two cows/It seems to be from the same tea service as the creamer above.

I imagine the third cow is missing from the cup plate because it is only 4 inches in diameter.  The creamer is also quite small.

As much as I enjoyed finding the same cows (albeit in different patterns and by different makers), I really like most cows patterns, so here are a few more.

William Adams  III (1804-1829) 10 inch plate known as Three Cows.  It is from a series of domestic animal scenes known as Pastorals.  The Transferware Collectors Club Pattern And Source Print Database shows 18 patterns in this series.

Shell edge 4.25 inch cup plate with two cows and two sheep, ca. 1820

Saucer, known as Cow Polisher, ca. 1820/Although hard to see, it looks as if the man is holding a milk skimmer or saucer.

So called Salopian Cow Polisher Coffee Pot printed in brown and colored under the glaze with high fire colors.  What is Salopian?  See my blog post "Salopian Or Not?"

Cows were very popular on children's mugs and plates.  They still are today.

Child's mug "Cows"

Child's yellow glazed 2 inch mug printed in iron red, ca. 1820

Alphabet 5.12 inch plate "Cow, Cat, Clown."  This type of pattern was used to teach the alphabet.

Child's 6 inch plate

A rather elegant bat printed porcelain Spode dish. 

Spode (1770-1833) 7.25 inch porcelain dish bat printed with three cows at a stream.  The series number is 557.

One pattern does lead to another.  My final cow patterns are on my dresser. 

From left, Davenport 9.75 inch plate; J. & W. Handley (1820-1830) plate; John & William Ridgway "Rural Scenery" 9.75 inch soup plate

If you have a favorite cow pattern, let me know. 

1 comment:

  1. My favourite is on a small children's mug, circa 1800. It is a single cow printed in black with the word "Cow" beneath and it has iron red and yellow ochre spots loosely painted on it. A "tongue in cheek" gift from my husband!